Residents invited to have their say on new efforts to improve street cleaning

Hammersmith & Fulham Council is upping the ante in its fight against litterbugs and fly-tippers, with a special public meeting being held on 18 January to identify new and innovative ways to keep our streets clean and tackle the scourge of illegal dumping.

In October 654 residents responded to a consultation on street cleaning and waste services, with many suggesting ideas as to how we can keep our streets cleaner.

To discuss the results and develop plans for cleaner streets, residents are invited to a public meeting at Hammersmith Town Hall on Monday 18 January at 7pm.

“Unlike many councils across the country facing government cuts, we are committed to maintaining the frequency of waste collection - and have actually increased the frequency of collection in some areas. But beyond this we are also looking at ways to work with residents to tackle littering, fly tipping and dog fouling,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.

Eighty-five per cent of those who responded supported H&F issuing fines for those who dropped litter, with just under a third (30 per cent) saying they were not satisfied with the cleanliness of their streets, citing dog mess and dropped litter as key concerns.

The results of the survey have helped contribute to a suite of measures being implemented to tackle dumped rubbish and other cleanliness issues on the borough’s roads.

New high-vis awareness stickers will be given to residents in roads where dumped rubbish has been regularly reported, that they can put on fly-tipped items, or dumped waste bags to highlight the issue and put off would-be dumpers.

The use of CCTV and covert monitoring in ‘hot spots’ will also be investigated as will lobbying the Mayor of London to take a stand against what is a city-wide issue.

The meeting takes place at 7pm on Monday 18 January at Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street, Hammersmith, W6 9JU.